Sasha Frere-Jones on the Future of Live Music Post-Pandemic
In Conversation with Paul Holdengräber on The Quarantine Tapes
Hosted by Paul Holdengräber, The Quarantine Tapes chronicles shifting paradigms in the age of social distancing. Each day, Paul calls a guest for a brief discussion about how they are experiencing the global pandemic.
On Episode 198 of The Quarantine Tapes, Paul Holdengräber is joined by Sasha Frere-Jones. Sasha is a music critic and writer. In his conversation with Paul, Sasha begins by discussing the past year in his life with a personal and moving account of the experience of loss under the unique circumstances of the pandemic. Paul and Sasha go on to discuss music and a return to in-person experiences. Sasha expresses his excitement for a return to any kind of live music as well as his wariness for how it may feel to readjust to those experiences. Sasha talks about both his hopes and deep fears for where we are and where we will go after this moment.
From the episode:
Sasha Frere-Jones: Now that I’m at this new zero—not a new normal, but new zero—what am I going to do from here? Am I really going to tour the country for a net total of $600 every two months? I don’t think I’m going to do that, and I am going to look at different ways to put my art together and to work on it and not feel like I’m completely on the knife’s edge, because we’ve been living on the knife’s edge for the last 14 months.
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Sasha Frere-Jones is a writer and musician from New York.